John A. Magliacane, KD2BD


Electronics Engineering

Details of some of my hardware designs can be found on-line:

My FMT Methodology Page provides an overview of the instrumentation I have developed for making precise, long distance frequency measurements and Ionospheric Doppler shift studies.

My First Generation Slow-Scan TV Page provides a history my involvement in Slow-Scan Television over 30 years ago, and my more recent design of the TriplePIC SSTV Video Scan Converter.

Additional technical articles I've authored on-line may be found here:

Software Development

My Software Development Link provides general information on some of my most popular software products, including:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been using some of my software in developing communications link and fade margin policies for future lunar surface operations and exploration, details of which are available here.

Other adopters of my software include Cornell University, NASA/Goddard Spaceflight Center, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The U.S. Naval Academy, Stanford University, and the European Space Agency.


In addition to creating and authoring SpaceNews for more than 13 years, I have had a host of technical articles published in a variety of books and periodicals, including:

I have also served as a columnist for Satellite Times magazine, as a cover model for CQ-VHF magazine, and as a guest on several radio programs. My SpaceNews newsletter was read by Cosmonaut Musa Manarov while living on the Russian space station Mir in 1991.

Amateur Radio Service

My Amateur Radio Link provides information regarding some of the more interesting accomplishments I have made in over 30 years as an Advanced Class Amateur Radio Operator, including:

A conversation ISS astronaut Frank Culbertson and I had via Amateur Radio in October 2001 was featured on the BBC in January 2013.

Current Solar Activity

Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:

Solar activity affects the Earth's ionosphere and geomagnetic field. In turn, these affect the propagation of radio waves around the planet.

Additional solar activity information is available at

Linux! cool!

I've been a Linux user and advocate since 1994, and a successful Linux software developer for nearly a decade and a half. Drop by my Linux web page to discover some of the reasons why I don't "do" Windows. It describes what has now become the fastest growing computer operating system on the planet, the reasons behind its phenomenal growth, and why it is creating the next major revolution in the computing industry.

Contact Information

Interested parties may contact me electronically at: kd2bd <AT> amsat <DOT> org.

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telegraphy key John A. Magliacane
Amateur Radio Operator: KD2BD
Open Source Software Developer
Internet Advocate Since 1987
Linux Advocate Since 1994